There is an amazing growth of white fungus all over it - sticking out one-half to one inch - on the stump. Satellite colonies have also appeared on the ground nearby.
I've never seen anything like it.
Fortunately, I just met a retired botanist. Perhaps between the two of us we can identify it. I hope it's not poisonous, with the dogs milling about the yard.
In any case, I'll have to figure out how to control it before it takes over everything.
|Tree stump from a distance - beautiful but strange|
|Closer yet - the leaf is about an inch in width.|
|Satellite colonies on the ground several feet from the stump|
My gardener said it's a good fungus and to leave it. I trust his judgement. Also got support for that decision from another gardener whom I respect a lot. So, for the time being, we'll just let the fungus do its work and see what happens.